In celebration of our furry Antartica based friends the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have put together 10 interesting facts about Emperor Penguins. Some you might know & some you might be amazed by. If you think it’s cold in Manchester on a frosty night in November, it’s best to take the advice of an Emperor Penguin, they’re built for the freezing, Antartic conditions.
Just like Olympic Ice Skaters
It’s only in the Southern hemisphere where you’ll find Emperor Penguins — in the wild. There home is usually on small ice platfroms based in the frozen ocean, just off-shore. They’re bred in the Antartic Summer and Winter. Although, despite adapting it’s possible to find a flock turn up on the New Zealand or Australian coastline. Bred on the ice, like an Ice Skater — only penguins will only leave by mistake!
Just how big are Emperor Penguins?
Emperors are the largest species of penguin in modern times. Did you know there are 18 species of penguin? Emperor Penguins are also one of the largest birds!
Tale of the tape
- Standing 120 cm tall — Just like the average 7 year old
- They weigh around 40kg
If we visit the medival or more prehistoric times; Emperor Penguins stood around 2 metres tall and weighed almost as much as 115kg. Not quite a 7 year old then.
How many Emperor Penguins?
There are around 595,000 in the Antartica region
Can they take over the world?
According to a British scientific survey using satellites, there are a number of unvisited colonies across the Antartic so what if there’s more, will there be enough to take over the world. Watch this space. The satellites discovered around 54 Colonies and almost half of them have been unvisited so the numbers are unclear.
Still going for gold
As well as competiting for ice skating gold. Emporer Penguins are renowned as Olympic Diving Champions in the bird world. Just don’t ask us to translate! They’ll dive as deep as 564m, double The Shard in London. Who will be flying the flag in South Korea 2018.
Let’s go fishing
As we’re getting closer to dinner time the final fact about penguins involves the food, usually the average adult will eat around 2-3kg of fish a day & in the Winter they’ll eat double just to keep warm. How do they keep it all in?